Gatesville Pop. 15,591 Alt. 795


General -

Name derived from nearby old Fort Gates; became county seat when Coryell County organized in 1854. Among city parks, Faunt Le Roy Park along Leon River offers picnicking, fitness course, and camping. Local firm, Medical Plastics Lab, produces anatomically correct human parts; tours are available. Chamber of commerce in restored Cotton Belt depot has information and historical exhibits at 2401 Texas 36 south.

Buckhorn Museum

Recalls history of cowboys and Indians, outlaws and ranchers. Original bar, hundreds of horns. Usually open Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. On courthouse square.

Coryell County Courthouse

Constructed 1897 of hand-cut and carved limestone, building is one of finest remaining examples of Romanesque Renaissance Revival architecture in Texas. Clock tower is copper-domed; elegant carved wood and polished stone; rotunda skylight is Texas Star-pattern art glass.

Coryell County Historical Museum

Antiquities from the area's churches, schools, and pioneer families. Ranch chuck wagon that was in good enough condition to be borrowed for Sesquicentennial Wagon Train. Unusual 1855 double-wall log jail has underground dungeon. Open Fri., Sun. 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 199 N. Eighth.



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